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Monday, January 30, 2006

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (State Department) seeks Statements of Interest for projects promoting democracy, human rights, and rule of law in China

The following is a summary of the announcement attached at the end of this post:

The Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) of the Department of State announces a call for Statements Of Interest (SOIs) from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law in China. Organizations are invited to submit statements of interest outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects that will foster democracy, human rights, transparency, freedom of information and expression, religious freedom, judicial independence, criminal and civil rule of law, civil society, freedom of the press, electoral reform, public participation, labor rights, and media reform in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. 

DRL seeks to fund projects that will have a direct and lasting impact in China by promoting reforms and structural changes.  US-based activities, study tours, scholarships, or exchange projects are strongly discouraged.  The majority of activities should address the PRC, Hong Kong or Taiwan directly.  Projects that have a strong academic or research focus will not be highly considered.  DRL strongly discourages health, technology, or scientific projects unless they have an explicit democracy, human rights, or rule of law component.  Projects that focus on commercial law or economic development will also not be highly considered.

For full details, see the attached announcement: Download DRL_Notice.pdf. The deadline is Feb. 23, 2006.

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